‘Run Away’ with Holiday Party with their latest dose of junkyard-pop
Brisbane duo HOLIDAY PARTY have dropped their second track of 2018 with ‘Run Away’ – a breezy and ethereal dose of dream-pop perfect for the final days of Winter.
Holiday Party make a curious kind of music. Mixing the lo-fi, dumpster-diving sound of plunderphonics with the equally lo-fi sound of dream-pop and an extra dose of left-field quirkiness, singer Mel Tickle and producer Luke McDonald cemented themselves as a unique sound worth keeping eyes on; like The Avalanches, Panda Bear and My Bloody Valentine blended into pop package. Earlier tracks like ‘Dream State’ from earlier in the year demonstrate their sound of samples stitched together like a patchwork blanket over janky guitars and dreamy vocals. Continuing the band’s concept of a “house party gone wrong”, ‘Run Away’ sees the band take a turn for the melancholy without forsaking their junkyard-pop sound.
Built around a tinny sample from an old recording session, ‘Run Away’ is as catchy and dreamy as other Holiday Party tracks, yet has an edge of bitter-sweetness that sets it apart. The mix expands with a steady beat and layers of downtrodden synths over breezily plucked guitar, while the vocals intone with a very 90s-shoegaze kind of style, resulting in a track the bobs and weaves between being uplifting and melancholy. Producer Luke McDonald says the track is a “twisted flip of pop songs from the 50s and 60s”, and you definitely get this sense with the mix of janky, Beach Boys-esque sampling over downtrodden minor-key synth.
I’m always glad to see both sampling and dream-pop in the mainstream world, and Holiday Party do a fantastic job at making tunes that are catchy, woozy and totally unique. With a national tour and full-length release on the horizon, the duo are steadily carving themselves a well-deserved niche.
IMAGE BY JEFF ANDERSEN Jnr
WORDS BY MAX LEWIS